Special lssues

Textural Mechanics and Damage of Fresh Fruits

Submission Deadline: 01 December 2022 (closed)

Guest Editors

Dr. Zhiguo Li, Northwest A&F University, China. lizhiguo0821@163.com

Dr. Mehdi Khojastehpour, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. mkhpour@um.ac.ir

Dr. Panmanas Sirisomboon, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Thailand. panmanas.si@kmitl.ac.th

Dr. Tobi Fadiji, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. tobifadiji@gmail.com

Dr. Mahmoud Okasha, Agricultural Engineering Research Institute (AEnRI), Egypt. Mahmoud_Okasha25@agr.kfs.edu.eg

Dr. Lukas Kuta, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Poland. lukas.kuta@o2.pl

Dr. Abhijit Khadatkar, ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, India. abhijitnu2@gmail.com


Fresh fruits are important in the human diet. Unfortunately, they are very easy to mechanical damage. Bruising and other mechanical damage to fruit caused by external forces during and post-harvesting is manifested at the macroscale but is ultimately the result of the failure of cells at the microscale. Not much is known about the effects of such forces on single cells within tissues and one reason for this is the lack of multiscale models linking macro- (organ or whole fruit), meso- (tissue), and micro- (cell) mechanics. Therefore, investigating the multiscale mechanics of fresh fruits is clearly an important issue. 

The focus of this special issue will be on the textural mechanics and damage of fresh fruits. This special issue accepts research and review papers that will show a diversity of new developments in these areas.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

1. fruit, tissue, cell mechanics;

2. fruit damage physiology;

3. FEM or DEM simulation technology in fruit damage;

4. how to avoid the mechanical damage of fruits in the supply chain. 


Fruit; Biomechanics; Mechanical Damage; Bruise; Tissue and Cell

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Biomechanical Response of the Root System in Tomato Seedlings under Wind Disturbance

    Zhengguang Liu, Jun Yang, Tobi Fadiji, Zhiguo Li, Jiheng Ni
    Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, Vol.92, No.4, pp. 1071-1090, 2023, DOI:10.32604/phyton.2023.026408
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Textural Mechanics and Damage of Fresh Fruits)
    Abstract Wind disturbance as a green method can effectively prevent the overgrowth of tomato seedlings, and its mechanism may be related to root system mechanics. This study characterized the biophysical mechanical properties of taproot and lateral roots of tomato seedlings at five seedling ages and seedling substrates with three different moisture content. The corresponding root system-substrate finite element (FE) model was then developed and validated. The study showed that seedling age significantly affected the biomechanical properties of the taproot and lateral roots of the seedlings and that moisture content significantly affected the biomechanical properties of the… More >

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